Father in Lexington Amber Alert waives hearing – Tennessee News

Father in Lexington Amber Alert waives hearing –  Tennessee News

Maranda Faris , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
Published 6:31 p.m. CT June 13, 2017 | Updated 21 hours ago

LEXINGTON — A father accused of kidnapping his wife and children at gunpoint Memorial Day weekend waived his preliminary hearing to a Henderson County grand jury.

Octivas Crout’s bond was reduced to $100,000 after a request from his attorney and in agreement with prosecutors.

Crout is accused of kidnapping his wife, Amanda Manley Crout, at gunpoint around 3 a.m. May 28. Amanda Crout was granted an order of protection against her husband during Tuesday’s hearing.

Court documents say Crout broke into his wife’s Smith Avenue home before telling her to get the kids and hitting her in the head with a gun.

The alleged kidnapping led to a statewide Amber Alert being issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Amanda Crout and her four children were found unharmed shortly after the Amber Alert was issued.

Octivas Crout turned himself into police shortly after midnight May 29.

Octivas Crout is the father of two of Amanda Crout’s children. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary.

He is also charged with a violation of probation and possession of hydrocodone, driving on a revoked license, and speeding.

Amanda Crout is facing charges of filing a false report after police say she told investigators that an unknown person kidnapped her and her children.

Reach Maranda at (731) 425-9657 or at mfaris2@jacksonsun.com. Follow her on Twitter: @MarandaFaris

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